Miami Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams remains on the trade block, according to a league source. The AFC East franchise is actively buying Williams and he is attracting strong interest in the league.
Miami Dolphins buy Preston Williams as deadline approaches
Trade talks are expected to end, and it remains unclear if Williams will be traded. There is also a strong possibility that he could be released and draw interest on the waivers. The NFL’s deadline to drop to 53 players is Tuesday afternoon.
Williams is a big target at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, making him one of the biggest wide receivers in the NFL.
The Dolphins’ handling of the undrafted former free agent from Colorado State this offseason has been special. They could have let him walk in free agency, but instead re-signed him to a one-year, $1.5 million deal — which included $275,000 in guaranteed money — before he could enter on the free market. But essentially every move they’ve made since has been to replace it.
They traded for Tyreek Hill and signed Cedrick Wilson, Trent Sherfield and Mohamed Sanu (who has since been released). Unsurprisingly, Williams has been buried on their depth chart all summer, leading to understandable frustration about his role.
Williams, 25, caught six passes for 71 yards and once rushed for seven yards last season. He has 56 career receptions for 787 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries have been a big factor in his career trajectory. He never played more than eight games in a season.
In eight games and three starts last season, Williams was only targeted 16 times with the arrival of first-round pick Jaylen Waddle. In 2020, Williams caught 18 of 35 targets for 288 yards and four touchdowns in eight games (seven starts).
Still, his rookie season was his most productive year overall. In 2019, Williams was targeted a career-high 60 times, catching 32 passes for 428 yards, 24 first downs and three touchdowns in eight games.
Behind other good wide receivers on the depth chart, including Hill and Waddle, Williams should be the odd one out. It’s just a question of whether the Dolphins can get something for him.